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Ladera Civic Council Meets Monday, to Discuss SDG&E, Vehicle Code Enforcement and More

The Ladera Ranch Civic Council has changed the cadence of its meetings. It now meets on the third Monday of every month, meaning that the next meeting is Monday, August 19, 2013. Meetings still take place in the Board Room at the Santa Margarita Water District building at 7PM. Below is the published agenda for [...]

September Move-In Home Available in the Legacy Collection

4 Gaucho Road, one of Warmington’s Legacy Collection homes in Covenant Hills, has been listed on the local MLS. With the Legacy Collection selling swiftly and the recently announced purchase by Warmington of twenty additional lots, it is unclear why one of these homes would be listed like this. Typically, builders will refrain from listing [...]

Warmington Homes Buys Twenty More Custom Lots in Covenant Hills

Anyone who has followed Ladera Ranch real estate knows that Warmington Homes timed the market perfectly with its Legacy Collection of homes in Covenant Hills. Warmington broke ground on its 28 lots late last summer and opened the two model homes to the public in November. Since then, phase releases have sold quickly and the [...]

Phase One of the Legacy Collection Progress Photo

We drove by the Legacy Collection homes in Covenant Hills recently and noticed substantial progress on the Phase One homes on Vaquero. Below is a photo:

Progress Photo of Phase One of the Legacy Collection

Interestingly, it looks like every house has elected to take one of the second story options.


Holiday Home Tour of Ladera Ranch

Hundreds of Ladera Ranch residents have decorated their homes for the holidays, and the most elaborate of those homes have been entered in Ladera’s annual holiday home decorating contest. We previously mentioned the contest in this post. Now, all of the lights have been hung and the homes are decked out in all their holiday [...]

Legacy Collection Models will Open on November 17th

It is a bit anti-climatic because potential homebuyers have been getting “hard hat” tours for weeks now, but Warmington Homes has announced that its Legacy Collection models in Covenant Hills will be open to the public starting on Saturday, November 17th. The model homes are located on Stockmen, off of Sky Ranch. We’ve heard that [...]

Progress Photo of the Legacy Collection Models

Warmington Homes broke ground on the Legacy Collection model homes back in August and from the looks of the photo below, the models are well are their way to completion. Warmington has been giving hard-hat tours of the models during construction, but sales won’t begin in earnest until the models are ready.

With apologies for [...]

Gate Crashers in Covenant Hills

We noticed the Covenant Hills exit gate at the Antonio Parkway gatehouse has been smashed and removed from its hinges. We can only imagine that someone had a little too much fun at their Labor Day BBQ or pool party before crashing the gate — literally.

Calling a Bottom in Ladera Ranch Home Prices

Every homeowner in Ladera Ranch understands the magnitude of the real estate bubble’s collapse. Many of Ladera’s neighborhoods were built during the real estate frenzy of the early and mid-2000s and many more Ladera residents bought into the community during that time, often using risky and speculative financing. As a result, when the mortgage market [...]

Market Analysis for Covenant Hills Custom Homesites (Additional Data Point)

We previously discussed the market for custom homesites in the gated community of Covenant Hills within Ladera Ranch. In that post, we stated that:

The market for custom homesites in Ladera’s gated Covenant Hills community has come alive this summer. During the fourth quarter of 2011, not a single custom homesite was sold. During the [...]